The Department of History at Illinois State University provides a challenging and flexible masters-level graduate program. Through our curriculum, students can explore American and European History, as well as the histories of South and Latin America, China, India, Africa, and the Middle East, as they decide what careers they might pursue or as they develop their credentials in existing careers. Student may also take courses outside the department or develop their interests through independent study work and internships that count toward their degree credits. The approximately 40 full and part-time students in our program graduate very well positioned to make use of their degrees in a variety of different ways.
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Students entering our program decide upon one of two tracks to pursue. Students who select to write a thesis must complete 32 credit hours to graduate, or about 7 courses plus thesis hours. Besides thesis hours, there is only one required course in this track. Students who choose the non-thesis option must complete 39 credit hours, or about 9 courses, plus their capstone "Field of Study" course. Besides the capstone course, there are only two required courses in this track. Within one of these two tracks, students can, for all intents and purposes, design their own course of study. Find out more about what is required to obtain a degree from the History Department's graduate program.
Assistantships & Financial Aid
The History Department offers multiple ways for graduate students to obtain Financial Aid, whether it be through assistantships, tuition waivers, or other means.